Asking the biggest questions of all

Physicist Dr Andrew Dzurak works on what he frames as the biggest challenge out there. That is, building a computer or chip based on quantum mechanics: the laws that map the odd antics of photons and other particles that make up the universe.

Read at the Sydney Morning Herald.

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Venomous creatures in Hong Kong, from jellyfish to hornets to centipedes – beware, some can kill

From the common toad to a giant jellyfish, from the largest poisonous snake to a terrifying home-invading centipede, Hong Kong has its share of animals that carry a venomous bite, sting or secretion. Here are some of the city’s most toxic inhabitants and visitors.

Read at the South China Morning Post.


For the love of trees

Murdoch University research ecologist Dr Katinka Ruthrof knows all too well the impact that tensions like weed invasion and climate change have on the treescape. It’s her job to explore how we can intervene to manage the impact, which can be dire

Read at the Sydney Morning Herald.

 


Why Australia appeals to Chinese travellers – Canvas8

Australia sits near the top of Chinese tourists’ destination wish-list, spurred by a thirst for culture and history. But what deters Chinese tourists from a return visit? And how can Aussie hotels and tourist hot-spots nurture the growing inbound market? Read at Canvas8. Paywalled!


WHY COMPLACENT AUSTRALIANS REMAIN DEEP IN DEBT

An uber-relaxed attitude, slack lending regulation and low financial literacy have caused Australians to become ‘addicted to debt’. So how and exactly why do Australians fall deep into debt? And how does this affect not only their mental health, but their relationships with banks?

Read at Canvas8. Paywalled.

 


The Miss Hong Kong pageant runner-up who was big winner when victor’s crown slipped, and how it changed her life

2008 contest winner Edelweiss Cheung’s contract was frozen after she was photographed smoking and kissing her boyfriend in public. Runner-up Skye Chan had to step into the role, and it kick-started her television career  Read at the South China Morning Post.


Aussies welcome alternatives to reduce sugar intake – Canvas8

Research shows almost three-in-ten Australians are “very concerned” about their sugar consumption in light of increased obesity rates across the country. This presents health food brands in particular an opportunity to help educate people on how to lower their sugar intake.

Read at Canvas8 [paywalled!]